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Acupuncture in Addiction Recovery
Acupuncture treatment is an ancient Chinese therapy that involves inserting fine needles into various points of the body to stimulate nerve endings and alleviate blockages. In ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture is the process of releasing blocked Qi, which refers to the balance between our opposing yin and yang energies.
An increasing number of studies have found that when treating addiction, acupuncture therapy is a highly effective complementary tool. It can help relieve cravings, aid in the detoxification process and increase overall feelings of calmness and relief from stress. Acupuncture also releases endorphins which are our body’s natural stress-fighters and pain killers. Research shows that by raising the level of endorphins in the body, symptoms of withdrawal become more tolerable. As such, numerous treatment centres and rehabs include acupuncture in their treatment methodology.
At Paracelsus Recovery, our team of highly skilled acupuncturists blends aspects of both Eastern and Western medicine into their practice ensuring the most holistic and all-encompassing treatment available.
We can provide acupuncture treatment in our Zurich-based residential treatment centre and in London.
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Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes its natural movement towards self-healing. The most common method is to insert fine, sterile needles into numerous anatomic sites. The needles stimulate these sites and our body releases endorphins. Other techniques include heat therapy, cupping, and massages.
When appropriate and recommended, acupuncture treatment can be included in each of our treatment programmes with as many sessions as deemed necessary. We can provide acupuncture treatment in London and Zurich.
Acupuncture for addiction treatment is an excellent complementary therapy because it can decrease stress levels, help reduce cravings, aid in the detoxification process and strengthen the mind-body connection.
Acupuncture can relieve many of the physical symptoms brought on by mental illness and can ease emotional symptoms such as stress or anxiety. While it cannot be a replacement for other more psychotherapeutic treatment methods, acupuncture is an excellent complementary therapy in mental health treatment.
When administered by a professional, acupuncture is a very safe procedure during which most people feel either no pain or only mild discomfort. Nonetheless, side effects can include bleeding, itching or bruising at the site of the needle insertion. Following an acupuncture session, symptoms can temporarily worsen and lead to dizziness or feeling faint, but these effects are short-lasting and usually pass within a few hours.